Monday, April 4, 2016
Our Tow car or the TOAD
Awhile back we bought a 2011 Honda FIT. We have it because it can be towed behind the Motor home with four wheels down and not ruin a transmission. It is a small car, not as small as the Smart Car, but probably the next size up.
It is a good car for us as a tow vehicle. Once I hook it to the motor home there are only two rules:
1. The car must be running.
2. Shift from drive to neutral then shut the engine off.
The car must stay in neutral so the front tires will turn to follow the motor home. There is something about the transmission that if I were to shift from reverse to neutral, and tow, the transmissions would be ruined.
Those rules are easy to follow because there is a yellow sticker prominently displayed for the driver to see.
The only problem I have had is the little indicator that tells me I have a slack tire.
It has been staying on constantly. Finally I had time to check and one of the tires had been plugged after a nail had caused a flat. The plug was leaking so slightly it took a long time to find it. I pulled the plug and re-plugged the hole and so far the light has stayed out. That is one advantage to being stopped at our home port. Time and a good spot to do some trouble shooting.
This is the newest car we have owned in many years. I have never had a car that told you your tire was slack. It is amazing how smart even cars are getting!
Previus TOADS (We have had about 6 methinks)